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Posted on: Jan 28, 2019

Hundreds of Californians die each year simply by going to work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 376 job-related deaths in California in 2017, the same number as in 2016.

Transportation incidents accounted for the bulk of those deaths at 139, followed by slips, trips and falls with 82 and violence and other injuries by persons or animals with 66.

Hispanic or Latinx individuals accounted for nearly half of workplace deaths with 46 percent of all incidences, while workers aged 55 and older accounted for 35 percent.

"This is unacceptable," said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. "Any number of job-related deaths is simply unacceptable. We will do better to hold employers accountable in providing safe working environments so workers are able to earn a living without fear of losing their lives."

When employers fail to protect their employees, it's always the worker who pays the ultimate price. We must do better to protect all workers and help save lives.